Dean for Graduate Education - Tufts University School of Engineering
Dr. Karen A. Panetta is the Dean for Graduate Education in the Tufts University School of Engineering, a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Panetta was the 2019 President of IEEE HKN (Eta-Kappa, Nu) and is the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine. She was a NASA JOVE Fellow and Vice-President of IEEE-USA. Prior to joining the Tufts faculty, Dr. Panetta was a Principal Engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation. Karen is the recipient of the Norm Augustine Award. She is also the recipient of the Anita Borg, “Women of Vision” award and the IEEE Education Society, William Sayle Award for achievement in Engineering Education. Karen is known as a pioneer for championing engineering education to diverse and inclusive audiences. She co-authored the book “Count Girls In: Empowering Girls to Combine Any Interests with STEM to Open Up a World of Opportunity.”
In 2011, Karen was recognized at the White House in Washington, DC by U.S. President Barack Obama and awarded the NSF Presidential (PAESMEM) Award, the nation’s highest award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.